When it comes to Stephen Colbert, no one is safe from vicious criticism. During his opening monologue at the 2017 Emmy Awards tonight in LA, the comedian just had to mention the fiasco where Bill Maher said the “n-word” during an episode of Real Time.
Colbert, who is 53-years-old, began by praising all of the different kinds of people at this year’s Emmy’s, including, Viola Davis, Samira Wiley, Uzo Aduba, and Jeffrey Wright.
The Awards ceremony in Hollywood has frequently been slammed as being “too white,” where a majority of the nominees are caucasian. However, in the last few years, Hollywood has pushed for more “diversity” in production as well as during nominations.
With that said, the host of the Late Night Show With Stephen Colbert included Bill at the end of his list of people of “diverse” origins, because in his words, “I assume he’s black because he’s so comfortable using the n-word.”
Back in June of this year, Bill sparked outrage after he used the racial slur during his HBO show, Real Time, where he was speaking with the Senator of Nebraska, Ben Sasse.
He asked, “would you like to come work in the field with us?” Bill said, “work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n***er.”
After subsequent outrage both on social media and in popular culture in general, Bill was forced to apologize. He said it didn’t matter that it wasn’t said with evil intentions because he brought back pain to people.
Bill went on, “and that’s why I apologized freely, and I reiterate it tonight. That’s sincere. I’m not that big of an a**hole.” Fans of Ice Cube will remember when the rapper came back on the show to rip into Bill over his use of the word. He said, “you sound like a redneck up here sometimes.”